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US Postal Worker: Tips for Avoiding and Treating Foot Problems

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably hurdled the challenging postal battery 473-e exam and the grueling interviews in your quest to get a post office job. Now that you’ve started your job delivering mail to the homes and establishments in your route then you’re probably experiencing pain in your foot. Don’t be surprised. Survey shows that such ailments are common to mail workers. If you are among the more than 8,000 postal workers who deliver mail on foot then you’re probably experiencing more pain compared to others in your heel and toes.

Achilles tendonitis, heel spurs, and plantar fasciitis are common heel conditions that postal workers have to deal with. On their toes, bunions, hammertoe, ingrown toenails, and neuromas are common. Although there are some which are caused by genetics such as having an inherently poor bone structure, most of these conditions are usually the result of wearing wrong shoes and walking without proper warm ups.

The good news is that these foot problems can be avoided and treated. First, you can take the time to choose the right kind of shoes. Well-fitting footgear also depends on the type of feet you have. Taking the time to fit the shoes will help you make the right choice. Thus, it’s not a good idea to rush into shoe-shopping.

It is also a good idea to do some stretches before you walk your daily routes. Stretching will allow the blood to circulate in your feet which will help prevent these problems. When reaching home, remove your shoes and raise your legs up to relax them. You can also ice them regularly so as to prevent swelling and inflammation.

If pain persists, make sure that you pay a visit to your doctor so that you will be given a course of treatment. You might be given anti-inflammatory medication if pain persists. You might also be asked to rest for a few days. Corrective shoes and even surgery may be part of your treatment plan if necessary. You might also be asked to take calcium and other bone-building supplements.

Finally, remember that good nutrition helps when it comes to relieving foot problems. Eating fruits and vegetables help make your bones and muscles stronger. If you have a strong bones, foot pains and future injuries arising from your job as a US Postal Service worker are going to be prevented. Without foot issues, performing your duties while enjoying your job with the USPS is going to be a cinch.